FOF #2825 – Terrence Chappell Takes On Pleasure and PrEP

Feb 12, 2020 · 1985 views

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The battle against HIV and AIDS has changed a lot since the virus was first identified in 1983 and we’ve seen a decrease in new HIV infections overall, but black young people are still disproportionately the largest group for new HIV infections.

Today, writer Terrence Chappell, joins us to chat about his work creating awareness about access to HIV prevention.


  1. Medicare for all question. Abortions and reproductive care public funding is restricted by law. Why would anyone who supports access to abortions support putting health care under government control?

    • That’s certainly an important concern to have, and it’s been discussed a lot. Here’s what Bernie and other Pro Medicare for All politicians would make abortion accessible to all women, especially low income women.

      From this great Mother Jones article:

      Essentially, there are two mechanisms. First, Sanders’ Medicare for All bill promises free “comprehensive reproductive, maternity, and newborn care.” Although the bill does not explicitly state this, Sanders’ team confirmed that this provision would cover abortions.

      The bill would also repeal the Hyde Amendment, a measure attached to yearly spending bills that currently bans federal funding for abortion coverage. While some states allow their own Medicaid dollars to go toward abortions, 35 states and the District of Columbia do not allow any Medicaid funding to cover abortions. In other words, in most of the country Medicaid recipients and other people on federal health insurance programs are forced to pay out of pocket for abortions, which can range from $75 to $3,000.

      Sanders’ bill states: “Restrictions Shall not apply. —Any other provision of law in effect on the date of enactment of this Act restricting the use of Federal funds for any reproductive health service shall not apply to monies in the Trust Fund.”

  2. I’ll get sanguine about medicare for all once the Hyde amendment is overturned. Until then i support the alternatives. I would like to see analysis on what congress needs to look like for the Hyde amendment repeal and medicare for all to pass. Doesn’t look promising under any realistic scenario.

  3. Anyone who cares about access to abortion should be scared about medicare for all. Assume it passes, along with the Hyde amendment repeal. Great. Everyone is happy. Until there is a new congress. All it takes is a new congress to pass the amendment that bars any public money for abortions.

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